Affluenza – an ode to decadence and decay

Affluenza_Will HThe prodigiously talented enfant terrible of Melbourne cabaret, Will Hannagan, makes a triumphant return from the New York Musical Theatre Festival to debut his brand-new show Affluenza at The Butterfly Club from 22 January.

Affluenza is an interview-style parody of the rags-to-riches-to-ruin-to-redemption Hollywood story we know and love so well. It stars the ever-louche Hannagan as a drug-addled Club Kid on the road to redemption after a vacuous life of excess, being ‘interviewed’ by Robbie Ten Eyck (Footscray’s finest hard-hitting talk show host).

In the show, Hannagan has transformed from kale-crunching North Fitzroy twat to Hollywood golden boy gone bad. He’s Russell Brand with the vocals of an angel. He’s LiLo meets Miley – only gayer: a Disney child star corrupted by the Pop machine.

In this one tell-all interview, Robbie questions Will on the fame, the abuse, the scandal and finally, the redemption. But while Will is trying to win back some public kudos and promote his new album, Robbie’s sole object is great television. No matter what the cost.

As darkly uncomfortable as Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns, as revealing as a David Frost interview, funnier than Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope, and with all-new original music composed by Will Hannagan himself, Affluenza will have audiences squirming, LOL-ing and screaming for more.

The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Season: 22 January – 8 February 2015

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Image: Will Hannagan in Affluenza